Ritz Touts Reading in Education, Criticizes Standardized Assessments

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz

One of Indiana’s most staunch advocates for public education ventured to Plymouth on Thursday.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz was the invited guest speaker at the Marshall County Reading Council’s spring banquet. Between promoting several of her initiatives in elective office, Ritz took time to criticize the way standardized tests are being utilized, as well as their effect on student learning.
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Man Turns Himself In On Sexual Misconduct Warrant


A Culver man turned himself into Plymouth Police on Monday after he was accused of sexual contact with a minor several months ago.

Plymouth police say they received a phone call from 43-year-old Joey Maxon who stated he would be waiting for officers at the Wal-Mart in Plymouth. Maxon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Pulaski County. He was taken into custody.
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Knox Resident Arrested In Plymouth on Possession Charges


Four individuals were arrested in Marshall County on Thursday, and it took a bit of cooperation through multiple law enforcement agencies to make it happen.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, a saturation patrol was being conducted in Marshall County on Thursday of last week. The effort was made due to the areas’ ongoing methamphetamine problem. Multiple traffic stops were conducted in Plymouth and the surrounding areas according to the report.
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LaPorte County Plane Crash Claims Pilot’s Life


The FAA and NTSB are investigating a small plane crash yesterday morning in LaPorte County that claimed the life of the pilot. Benjamin Hubbard, 36, of South Bend was flying a single-engine plane from Niles to Plymouth when it crashed around 7 a.m. in a field southeast of Rolling Prairie, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV. A neighbor notified the police that a possible crash had occurred. The man told the station the plane turned around several times above his house and was banking quite hard, then he didn’t hear it any more. LaPorte County dispatchers received another 911 call around noon saying the wreckage had been found. That call came from another pilot, who had left the airport in Niles, Mich. around 6:30 yesterday morning with Hubbard. The two were planning to meet in Plymouth, but when his friend didn’t show he retraced his route, found the wreckage and called 911.



Valentin A. Sirghi

A memorial service will take place at a later date for Valentin A. Sirghi, 22, of Plymouth, formerly of Knox. He drowned Sunday, July 14 in Lake Maxinkuckee at Culver. M.C. Smith Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jorjanna Lee Miller

Funeral services for Jorjanna Lee Miller, 49, of Plymouth, are Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m. EDT at Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth, with visitation from 3 p.m. until the time of services. She died Saturday, June 13 at her home.

City of Plymouth Under Fire For Allegedly Violating USERRA

A complaint has been filed against the City of Plymouth defending the employment rights of Air Force reservist Robert D. DeLee under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.

United States Attorney David Capp says USERRA requires employers to reemploy returning service members to the position they would have held, had their employment not been interrupted by military service. USERRA also requires employers to provide the employee with all benefits of employment they would have been entitled to as well had the employee not been called to active duty.

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Marshall County Shop with a Cop to be Held Dec. 10

The Marshall County Fraternal Order of Police #195 will host the annual Shop with a Cop event on Saturday, December 10th at Wal-Mart in Plymouth.

Shop with a Cop is a Christmas tradition and dozens of officers from local departments will take kids in need on a Christmas shopping trip. The FOP raises funds to help 300 children in need during the holiday season.

Over the years, local businesses and organizations have joined the FOP and dozens of officers from local departments to host this event.

Autopsy Findings Released for Victim of Salvage Yard Accident

Marshall County Coroner William Cleavenger released the preliminary autopsy finds in last week’s fatal accident at an auto salvage facility in Plymouth.

Forty six year old Brian Lehiy died of injuries that were consistent with positional traumatic asphyxiation when a car fell on him while working at the salvage yard. Lehiy was an employee of the business where the incident occurred Wednesday.

James Strong Named Commander of the Indiana State Police Post in Bremen

Commander James Strong

Indiana State Police Superintendent, Paul Whitesell, recently announced the promotion of First Sergeant, James Strong, to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as the Commander of the Indiana State Police Post in Bremen. The Bremen Post covers Marshall, St. Joseph, Kosciusko, and Elkhart Counties. Strong earned this promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.

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